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  1. KindConfetti

    New sleever

    Hi there I stalked around on here for a while as I did my research - now that I have an op date for my gastric sleeve and its all feeling very real, I thought I should come out of lurking. I'm halfway through the pre-op phase. I don't love dairy based shakes in general, but its doable and I'm getting by (with the exception of day one and two when I thought the hangry was going to be the end of me .... and all those within a 10k radius!) I was originally not having the operation until late Feb, however an opening came up and I took it. It does however mean I'm off overseas for a little trip about three weeks after my surgery. Im open to any and all suggestions for eating while travelling in the week 3 - 6 phase. Lots of feelings happening at the moment (none of which I am eating I will add) - excited, scared, nervous, apprehensive, determined... One week and counting - Eek!! xx
  2. Hi there I stalked around on here for a while as I did my research - now that I have an op date and its all feeling very real, I thought I should come out of lurking. I'm halfway through the pre-op phase. I don't love dairy based shakes in general, but its doable and I'm getting by (with the exception of day one and two when I thought the hangry was going to be the end of me .... and all those within a 10k radius!) I was originally not having the operation until late Feb, however an opening came up and I took it. It does however mean I'm off overseas for a little trip about three weeks after my surgery. Im open to any and all suggestions for eating while travelling in the week 3 - 6 phase. Lots of feelings happening at the moment (none of which I am eating I will add) - excited, scared, nervous, apprehensive, determined... One week and counting - Eek!! xx
  3. maryjane293

    Anyone from Brisbane?

    Hi Everyone, I've decided I'm doing it, I want a sleeve. No PHI- so I'm going to withdraw from my super, went to GP today and she gave me a referral so off to Brisbane Obesity Clinic next week. Questions: - Anyone been to Brisbane Obesity Clinic? - How long did you need off work? - Will I need someone to help care for me if I live alone? - Did you have any issues getting super to cover it all? (I have enough in there) - Did you hide this from friends and family? how did that go? (I don't want any negativity and want to keep this to myself, I live 8 hours away from family so think I can get away with it for a while) - Any good TV shows, Movies or Youtube Bloggers that cover any of these topics you would suggest watching? - I go away in June for a month, back on July 8. Do you think I would have enough time to get it done before and is it risky going overseas after having it or should I wait and get done straight after I return in July? any advice?
  4. Hi everyone, I am very excited to say that I will be sleeved in November. I have private health insurance but dropped my level of cover which took out gastrics. So, I have increased back up & now have to wait 12 months. Boo to that!! Anyway, I don't think I am going to be able to wait!! Has anyone out there been recently been treated as a private patient in a public hospital? My surgeon requires PHI but I would consider swapping if I could be sleeved sooner! How do I cope psychologically when you have to wait 12 months!? Sohealthy (soon to be..)
  5. Hi everyone, I am very excited to say that I will be sleeved in November. I have private health insurance but dropped my level of cover which took out gastrics. So, I have increased back up & now have to wait 12 months. Boo to that!! Anyway, I don't think I am going to be able to wait!! Has anyone out there been recently been treated as a private patient in a public hospital? My surgeon requires PHI but I would consider swapping if I could be sleeved sooner! How do I cope psychologically when you have to wait 12 months!? Sohealthy (soon to be..)
  6. Hi, I am looking at getting the gastric sleeve operation done. I started the process last year with doctors referrals and getting private hospital cover but within a month stupidly decided I would do it on my own and save money. Well a year later and here I am have lost and regained 10kg since then so have decided its time to really do this. I have been overweight my whole life and a yoyo dieter so I figure its time I get my act together for my kids sake. I am in Townsville and have noticed a lot of the surgeons fees here are much higher than Brisbane. Has anyone travelled to Brisbane for surgery either from Tville or else where, and did you find you saved money by doing this? Also interested to hear which surgeons are recommended in Brisbane area and which private health cover people are through, I was with medibank before I cancelled it but wondering if there is better value for money. Thanks all
  7. Morto

    Cost Brisbane no PHI

    I don't have private health insurance but I have decided to try and access my super for sleeve surgery in Brisbane. Have others self funded via super and what was the total cost? Did you do it at a private or public hospital? Which surgeon and also how long from booking the consult to having the procedure? I've tried to do research on this but all I can find is either outdated or hugely varies. Thanks for sharing.
  8. Hi Brisbane Sleevers! I was recently sleeved through the private system and my PHI, however a girlfriend of mine who doesn't have PHI is considering the sleeve and I'm trying to find out some information for her. I know that the public waiting list is really long - so she is considering either getting a loan or using her super, but we are trying to find out what it would cost. For example, for those of you in Brisbane, can you use a surgeon who operates in a public hospital, pay his/her fee and is it cheaper than going to a private hospital? I would be really interested to hear how people in Brisbane without PHI went about getting their operation. Thanks
  9. brizkate

    SILS Brisbane

    I have been researching lapband surgery and there seems to be a huge difference in scarring between the traditional 5 port method and the single incision method. I can't find much on the web about surgeons who offer the sils in Brisbane and was wondering if anybody who has had this method can share who their surgeon was and what their experience was like. Also I would love to know people's out of pocket costs - I have HCF top hospital and extra's cover so from what I have seen on their web I am covered. Is there really a big difference in cost depending on what doctor you use?
  10. vixta99

    WLSA on Gold Coast (lap band)

    Hi there. After 2 years of "thinking" and "trying something else" I have bit the bullet and have an appt with WLSA next week for my 3 appts - dietician, psych and Dr Adib. I am nervous that this is the last straw and I have already spent tens of thousands on "trying" before. I am 100% committed and really want to give this a good go. I am so excited that I may be banded as early as April!! My husband thinks I am taking the easier option and should just stop eating so much. Hmmmmm..... I will be a secret bander. Anyone else with advice, experiences etc would be appreciated.
  11. vixta99

    Start of the journey

    Hi there. I am a Brisbane mum, like others at a point when I have had enough and can't see any other option. I have my 3 appointments on Thursday (surgeon, dietician and psych) and I am a bit nervous but more so excited. I have been researching this for 2 years, but kept thinking something else might work. It didn't. I am 164cm and 90kg, which is obese. My BMI is 33 and for me this is too big and unhealthy. My weight seems to be increasing as I seem to be over-eating, yet if I did not play netball or walk, I would hate to think. My co-morbidities for having a lower BMI is high blood pressure for the past 12 months and asthma. I have PHI but will give it a go claiming for super also. I see my GP Monday for the referral.. I have researched a few surgeons/clinics and like the ideas of WLSA on the Gold Coast so going to start with that. I remember the first time I felt fat was at 11 when I stole some herbal diet pills from a pharmacy (shocking I know). I really was not that bad. I am also someone who really has tried EVERYTHING and in the meantime have spend tens of thousands in the process: WW, JC, shakes, magazine diets, celeb diets, protein, BodyTrim, pills, SlimmingClub, gym/PT, dietician, hyno-lapband and even liposuction.... After all this effort and money... I am bigger than before. So... here I go... last chance, more ambition and even more determination. I am 33 and want to live! Vic
  12. maryjane293

    Brisbane Self Funding

    Hi, I have made the decision to do it. can anyone tell me total costs in brisbane/gold coast/sunshine coast? I will be self funding and want the cheapest price. also how long did you have to wait has anyone tried endobarrier? Thanks
  13. Hi Guys, I just saw an add on TV for this 'Weekend to End Women's Cancer' and it sounded kind of interesting. http://www.endcancer.org.au/index.html Essentially it is a 60km walk over 2 days (30km/day) to raise funds for 'Women's Cancer' research. They are running them in Brisbane (26-27 October) and Sydney (9-10 November) and you have to raise $2000 to be eligible to enter the walk. They supply all the food / pitstops and the tents for camping overnight. It seems like it is well organised and it looks like a lot of fun (for a certain value of fun). I am seriously considering entering and I was wondering if a) there was anyone else interested in participating and anyone who would be willing to donate to help my fundraising effort.
  14. Squishy

    At the very begining

    Hey Everyone, My name is Sam, I am new, I mean really new, I haven't even had my initial appointment yet.... that's happening on the 3rd of Jan. I am hoping to make a few friends in here to go through the journey with me. Hopefully some people in Brisbane, and with similar goals to me... umm wanting to loose half of themselves. actually i don't want to lose it, i want to evict 65kg and get a restraining order! a bit about me: 46 yo body, much younger mentally. doing a fine art degree at QCA Southbank. Graphic Artist. good sense of humour, totally tactless, stubborn, determined. I live out near Indooroopilly. I have been looking at lapband surgery for a number of years, in the past i would convince myself i could do it myself, and i would, i would lose the weight, through hard work and willpower. unfortunately my weight is stubborn and always found its way back again and just cause its kinda friendly would bring home a few extras with it, so at my lightest i have been 65kg, and at my heaviest 135kg, Oh i am 173cm tall, and healthy other than being over weight. my weight is always up and down, last Christmas i was 95kg.. its just madness. I am hoping the Lapband will be the tool that will help me control the weight once i get it off. I know its still going to be lots of hard work and willpower, but the band i am hoping will be like a little control freak inside me that will force me to be aware always of how much i put in my mouth. and basically wanted some friends to share the journey with, strength in numbers and all that ya know. sooo..... anyone feelin the same I would love to hear from you. in here or via email: squishypaint@gmail.com (hope that's allowed, err stalkers need not apply) Sam... oh ps, if i posted this in the wrong space.. sorry, i will do better next time.
  15. Hi Everyone, I would like to know if any of you considered the sleeve and what was your decision - band or sleeve? I've been looking at some amazing videos on youtube about people who have had the sleeve. The no maintenance appeals to me and no having a foreign body inside me also. I was convinced I had decided on banding but now I am not so sure? When you see the surgeon do they discuss the different options with you or do they recommend which one would be best for you? I'm going to do some more research but I would be interested in your opinions on this topic. Thanks everyone!! Cookie
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